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Are you confident to adapt clothes to fit??

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I know I’m not.. I’ve been watching the Great British Sewing Bee avidly, wishing I had the skills of the contestants. For those who do not live in the UK it a contestant show where the contestants are set sewing tasks, to find the best amateur UK sewer. The first weeks tasks were to sew an A line skirt with invisible zip in 4 hrs, adapt a neckline of a white blouse in an hr, and sew a dress adapted to fit their model in 7 hours.

I had seen the program advertising for contestants and had for a brief moment toyed with the idea.. thank goodness I never applied!

Are you watching it and feeling inspired? Apart from feeling intimidated I am also feeling determined to push myself and try new projects. A book has been published to accompany the series, and you can download patterns for free here. Rather handily it includes an apron pattern, ready for the apron swap I signed up for (that’s this weeks task:))

To start with I have decided to adapt clothes from charity shops/jumble sales.
Last weekend I visited a jumble sale and came back with a few items including this top.. which looks dreadful on me. However my 6 year old loves it.. Here goes then for a remake:)


I started off looking at patterns, but soon became discouraged. Instead I laid out a dress my daughter has which fits, and used it as a template. Bias binding seemed the obvious choice for the neckline, and the yellow picks out the colour in the flower.

Remodelled dress

Overall I am delighted with the result, a dress for £1:) The neckline is baggy, but as she rarely wears dresses I am not too worried about this (I like her to have some dresses in her wardrobe so she has a choice to wear a dress).

Other sewing this week has been finishing those bits and pieces that kick around.. repairs to clothes, altering a dress for a friend to become a dressing up outfit etc..


I strongly encourage you to have a go at whatever project you have been putting off for lack of confidence/time. The dress only took and hour and a half, and was far easier than I anticipated:) I love the fact that it is a make do and mend project, perfect for todays Earth Day:)

Please pop over to Handmade Harbour and see what other people have been up to this week:)

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